Emelisse Double IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally ABV was 9.0%

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 10-06-2009)
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Photo of Thorpe429
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Bilbo Baggins Stilwater/12% Imports dinner on Friday November 12, 2010. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a really nice ruby color with an off-white, single-finger head. Some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose is sweet amber malt plus some light booze. It's also mildly fruity.

The taste is quite a bit of alcohol that gets heavier as the beer warms. Burns my cheeks. There's some sweet malt there as well with a light cherry flavor. Some light earthy hops in there as well. Mouthfeel brings some booze and a slight bitterness. There's some cherry cough syrup character in the finish and it's a bit astringent. Overall, I'm not a fan.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy brownish amber in color and has lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of piney hops in the nose, along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The initial taste is rather malty and slightly sweet with caramel notes and hints of butter, which is followed by flavors of citrusy and piney hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate; there is some dryness in the finish.
D: It's easy to consume this beer because it's not too bitter and there is a good balance between the malt and hop flavors. The alcohol is also very well hidden.

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy amber color; the two finger head sticks boldly and leaves lace clinging to the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Very floral and pithy aroma with biscuity malt elements underneath

Taste: Opens biscuity with an immediate burst of pithy and floral hop that builds in an American fashion though the bitterness is held in check by the biscuity balance of the malts; citrusy finish with hints of balsa wood

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with creamy carbonation

Drinkability: Very American but distinctively different in a more balanced manner; really like the malt bill in this one

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy amber/orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good carbonation. Aroma consists of citrus and bitter hops with a caramel touch. Taste is a mix between some citrus, pine and bitter hops with notes of caramel malt with well balanced sweetness. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed but missing the hops punch associated with this style.

Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a lightly hazed Copper color. The head was minimal. Not much lacing either. The smell was hoppy and had a decent amount of malt. The taste gave off a pretty good hop flavor but nothing too intense like I was hoping for. The mouthfeel was smooth and lightly carbonated. Overall it's not too bad but there are better choices.

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new Dutch brewer on the scene here in the U.S.Poured into a small tulip glass a hazed bronze with a burnt orange hue,a thin quick to fade white head atop,I like the chunkies and floaties swirling though.Aroma is deeply fruit and floral,slight citric qualities come thru as it warms,not American DIPA aromas,but pretty good.Flavors at first seem to be lighter on the big hops but as it warms they come out nicely,deeply fruit with some sweetish alcohol at first,some citric qualities come late and linger as well as a lighter resiny quality.This is a nice take on the style,give it time to warm to get all the different qualities out of it.

Photo of nickfl
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours with a small head of off-white foam on top of a very hazy, golden brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Pine, grapefruit, and a bit of caramel.

T - Sweet toffee with some floral hop notes up front. More musty hop flavors in the middle with pine and a hint of grapefruit. The beer finishes with more pine and toffee as well as fairly strong bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - I'm not impressed with this one, the malt is muddy and one dimensional and the hops are kind of rancid. The bitterness is harsh, yet it does little to push back against the cloying sweetness. A borderline drain pour.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Tribeca. Didn't make the cut of beers to take back to Australia, so I drank it on my last night in New York.

Pours a very viscous and thick reddish amber colour, with a fine but patchy head of white. Body is really nice and thick and heavy, and I like a bit of deeper colour in a DIPA. Minimal lacing. Fine carbonation. Looks pretty good all up.

Nose is green and prickled with noble hops, giving a crushed vegetation character, with clipped grass and leafy tannins. Grainy malt character comes through as well, with a rustic funk that's almost like a saison. Interesting take.

Taste is clear and hoppy, without being really that bitter. It certainly has a kick to it, but this is probably the combination of low-alpha European varieties, and the extra sting of alcohol. A hint of phenols as well. Finish is rather sweet, with a golden malt character coming through stickily on the end. Feel is light but slick.

Not a bad brew all up, and an interesting European American IPA, as if that makes any sense. Let's call it an American IPA with European ingredients.

That still doesn't make sense, but I'll stand by it.

Photo of wl0307
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2009, this bottle-conditioned ale comes in a short, slim brown bottle (likely 300ml); bottled on 11 June 2009, served mildly chilled in Orval's broad-rimmed chalice. NOTE: ingredients include biscuit malt, pale malt, Fuggles and Amarillo hops; at 80 EBU.

A: pours a translucent, dark amber hue with very fine carbonation in action, topped with a nice foamy light beige froth, leaving even sheets of lacing as it slowly retreats.
S: the bottle-conditioning yeasts have apparently clouded the aroma in the most aggressive way, rendering a dense aura of sour/oxidised pears & citric fruits plus sour breadiness, on top of a relatively restrained cake-ish+biscuity malt base. The Amarillo and Fuggles hops as described on the front label are nowhere to be found, susceptibly buried underneath the yeasty layer... In a way, the smell reminds me of a few yeasty and super strong, poorly bottle-conditioned barley wines that I've tasted in southern England!
T: quite like the aroma, the creamy-effervescent foretaste is full of sour pears+apples, sour bread, sour lactose drink, and cake-ish/syrupy malt (as in a traditional barley wine) - not quite unpleasant, but very different from one's expectation of a "DIPA"... After the creamy & thick swallow gradually settles, a light stream of orangey-citric hop juice ensues along with a soothingly bitter, zesty-tangy and lightly earthy undertone of hops... In turn, as the flavour evaporates, the bitterness sets in and deepens to result in a somewhat rough, chewy and dry palate in the finish, as the belated reminder of some depth of hops (EBU 80).
M&D: despite being refreshing with creamy carbonation and much lighter in body than the 9%abv. leads one to believe, the unsettled yeast sediments in the bottle have undoubtedly compromised the performance of flavour big time... What's left to be enjoyed is the minimum one would expect from a high-gravity and supposedly heavily-hopped "Double IPA" - its chewy bitter undertones in the finish. Apart from this, the flavour simply fails to deliver other good elements amidst the intervention of yeast sediments. What a shame. Maybe a (roughly) filtered or draught version of this ale might taste much better, hopefully?

Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light earth and hoppy bitterness. Flavors generally replicate the nose, with some light sweet malt, countered by some noticeable bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a decent amount of flavor and fairly long finish. Drinkability is OK, though there's some noticeable alcohol at the end that detracts from it just a bit.

While nothing special, this is a pleasant, easy to appreciate DIPA, that is very much in the British IPA style.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark, somewhat cloudy orange amber. Light head and light lacing. Nice almost barley wine like aroma; sweet malt, pine and citrus hops. Hops with a light malt, pine and citrus flavors. Rather mellow at first then finishes with a sharp, spicy hop surge. A pleasant IPA, but not surpassing the best domestic IPAs.

Photo of avalon07
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a thick, cloudy texture. Lots of floaties and sediment visible. Zero head. Zero lacing.

S: A pleasant, if somewhat underwhelming aroma of hops, citrus, a little malt.

T: Tasted like it smelled. Hops, grapefruit, and some malt. Mainly, it's on the thin and watery side, not powerful enough to grab your attention.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: It seems most European brewerys (Mikkeller excluded) cannot get the American double/Imperial IPA style right. Emelisse is no exception.

Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Following is my recent review on the bottle version of the beer:

After seeing what some other breweries in north western Europe are doing with American Style IPA's and double IPA's I was very excited to to try this beer. I had a bottle of it at dbgb in Manhattan's lower east side. This was a very good beer and one I enjoyed very much. Lightish color, great hop aroma, flavor is good but a little on the strong side. I hope to come across this again soon.

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Agreed about the draft version. A very good double IPA that brings its own interesting characteristics to the style. Again, high alcohol does effect the balance but overall a very good double.

Photo of Canada_Dan
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label design isn't the one currently pictured on BA: this one shows hop vines floating above a brewery building (apparently a brewery anyway). Also, it reads "11%" on the bottle, not 9%. But Emelisse doesn't make another Double IPA, so here it goes.

Looks the part, showing a fluffy off-white head (doesn't last very long before making a bubbly crown and patchy skim). Color is hazed rust-orange/red.

Aroma is fine, but not really to style. Reminds me very much of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo, which brings a toasty element along with the hop spiciness, and the hops smell very much like S.N.'s favored Cascade variety. A bit muted for the style they're shooting for.

Flavor could be cleaned up, it's a bit indistinct, but closer to style than the nose: gooey, creamy caramel bigness with a grassy, bitter hop element. A bit spicy from the alcohol/hop union, which is nice, and has an overall raw/homebrew sort of vibe. Alcohol flares just a little bit, mostly with warming, and a grassy astringency dominates the finish, although it's not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is very good--round, chewy, creamy, a bit of stick and just enough carbonation to keep it lively. Just shy of the transcendent "oomph" that would make it a 4.5 or 5.

If Emelisse really wanted to do it the American way, they wouldn't toss this into 10 ounce bottles. C'mon, who wants anything less than a 12 oz. bottle of beer? My reasonable-sized-bottle soapbox aside, this is a decent take on the style, but nothing compared to other European brewers who have taken the American big-beer bull by the horns...like, say, Mikkeller. This one's definitely worth a shot though, and any European brewery looking to the U.S. for guidance deserves at least a little support. The tables were turned for too long--it's nice to see this kind of reciprocation/reverse-influence taking place.

Photo of Jeffo
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht, I think.

From a bottle into a snifter.

Note: Lable art doesn't match the one pictured above. Morevoer, this bottle is labled at 9%. Perhaps there is a difference in the domestic and export version.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger off-white medium-thick looking head with great retention. Burnt umber brown in color, opaque, with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good cap and a ring, clinging to the sides. A good wisp remains, and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Good looking brew.

SMELL: Pale malts and biscuit notes there too. A relatively mild and malty nose for the style. Slight floral hop notes make an appearance, but not an overly hoppy interpretation.

TASTE: Pale malts and biscuit once again, as well as some sweet grainy malt notes. Finishes with a touch of floral hops and a bit of bitterness for balance. Aftertaste is quite balanced with some sweet grainy malt before an assault of bitter hops that just linger and linger. A very bitter finish on this, which is perhaps its saving grace.

PALATE: Medium-thick body, creamy smooth on the palate, and a little oily slick too. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth coating.

OVERALL: I'm quite glad Emelisse has decided to begin brewing more interesting beer. They certainly show potential, what with their wonderful imperial stout and this attempt at an American style DIPA. However, this one, though an enjoyable brew in its own right, is not quite up to snuff. It is a little too malt heavy for the style, and perhaps too heavy on the biscuit malt as well. Moreover, a bigger hop presence, both in the nose and the taste profile, is needed to really bring it up to par. That said, this is an enjoyable brew worth checking out in its own right, but just don't expect a huge citrusy, piny hop bomb of a DIPA.

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of MacQ32
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of 2011 purchased from the Charleston Beer Exchange.. ABV says 7.5% on bottle, this is 2011

A - Pours a rich amber with little very fine off-white head into my Deadlift glass, I expect some good carbonation here - surprisingly nice lacing

S - Smell is slightly bitter, very fruity/yeasty with alcohol present. Distinct honey and nutty aromas

T - Very nice, bitter (especially up front) very fruity and refreshing. Sweet maltyness and honey, "a bit nutty"

M - Medium bodied, a little light for the style but that makes this thing very drinkable.

O - Very well balance, nice and crisp, super drinkable - really like this one, if it was less I could put quite a few of these back - well worth it though, very good!

Photo of nrbw23
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Well, this is probably one of the ugliest DIPA's I've ever had. Pours a murky reddish brown color with a fairly thin tannish colored head. Head turns into a ring of bubbles and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Caramel malts are really jumping out at me. Picking up some yeast, bread, and toffee too. A light touch of hops, mainly herbal, piney and flowery. So far this isn't reminding me of an IPA let alone a DIPA.

T- Well, its better than the nose. Picking up some hop bitterness. Still quite a bit of sweetness, toffee and caramel. Floral hops are here for sure. I actually don't mind the taste it all goes together pretty well.

M- A touch on the fuller side of medium and lighter on the carbonation.

O- This beer is ugly and doesn't really smell like a DIPA, but it does taste pretty solid. This isn't something I'd seek out, but its not the worst thing out there either.

Photo of jsprain1
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark Amber, a touch hazy with a decent white head that lasts ok. Fair retention.
S- Aroma is earthy hops with a touch of citrus. The malt comes through but it brings more of a caramelness than anything else.
T- It's ok with big earthy hops, but there is only one note more or less in it. There is some sweetness too, but that's about it.
M- Medium bodied, nicely smooth, covers up the 11% pretty well.
O- It's a different take on the IIPA than you would see in many American examples. But it's still worth a try.

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Emelisse Double IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
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